Texas Football: 5 takeaways from the Longhorns 2019 regular season

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3. We don’t know what to expect from Sam Ehlinger moving forward

The Texas football program needs Ehlinger to be a superstar that they can rely on game in and game out. Herman’s offensive scheme won’t go without solid play from the quarterback. All the inconsistencies from Ehlinger this fall should bring about question marks heading into the postseason.

But Ehlinger needs better play from the offensive line, and hopefully better health coming from the skill positions in his supporting cast. He missed one of his top targets in the passing game for a good portion of the regular season in Collin Johnson. It’s a good thing that he found breakthrough star senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay this fall.

Down the stretch this season, the yards per pass for Ehlinger really started to drop off. In the month of October alone, Ehlinger averaged just seven yards per passing attempt and racked up eight passing touchdowns compared to six interceptions. Ehlinger was also much better at home than he was on the road this season. He had 19 passing touchdowns and just three picks at home compared to 10 touchdowns and six picks on the road.

A good outing against Texas Tech helped save Ehlinger’s numbers through the month of November. He finished up against Texas Tech with 431 total yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns. He also didn’t have any picks against that Red Raiders defense. That’s impressive considering the nation-leading eight interceptions that Texas Tech senior defensive back Douglas Coleman came into the game with.